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TRANSITION AT THE MDA — Is Mississippi better off than it was 3 years ago?

By JACK WEATHERLY  Is Mississippi better off than it was three years ago? That’s a fair enough question when it comes to measurable matters such as jobs created and money invested. The answer is: depends on whom you’re asking. And what you’re asking. When the Mississippi Development Authority announced April 8 that Brent Christensen  was resigning his job as executive ...

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State development agency program helps business owners access new opportunities

By BECKY GILLETTE How important are the Mississippi Development Authority programs that help minority and women-owned business owner learn how to access opportunities to get government contracts? First, government is big business and the largest employer in Mississippi. Second, with 51.4 percent of the state female, and 37 percent African American, a large segment of the state’s population fits underneath ...

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Mississippi takes an incentives licking, keeps on ticking

By Jack Weatherly If the Pew Charitable Trusts gave Mississippi the stick in 2012, it seems to be trying the carrot this time. Mississippi economic development officials thought the respected independent nonprofit organization was harsh in its assessment of how the state was tracking its incentives. “It sounded like like they were unfairly indicting the model we were using,” senior ...

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MDA’s Christensen forecasts economic growth momentum continuing in 2015

Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Christensen foresees 2015 being a year when the state builds upon the strengthening economic activity of both the state and the nation in the past year. “As the national economy continues to rebound and strengthen, that momentum will continue to carry over,” Christensen said. “Companies are increasingly seeking new locations to expand as a ...

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U.S. Small Business Administration awards MDA funding for state trade and export promotion program

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the Mississippi Development Authority funding for the Mississippi State Trade and Export Promotion Program. The STEP Program allows MDA to provide financial and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized Mississippi companies interested in growing their business through trade. Administered by MDA’s Trade Bureau, the program helps reduce some of the financial obstacles qualifying ...

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Former MDA employee, Jay McCarthy, returns as CFO

With 30 years experience in finance, banking and economic development, Jay McCarthy is prepared for his new position as chief financial officer for the Mississippi Development Authority. His experience has included previous stints with MDA along with work in the private sector. As chief financial officer, he oversees MDA’s Financial Resources and Accounting and Finance Divisions. In that capacity he ...

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Former MDA employee, Jay McCarthy, returns as CFO

With 30 years experience in finance, banking and economic development, Jay McCarthy is prepared for his new position as chief financial officer for the Mississippi Development Authority. His experience has included previous stints with MDA along with work in the private sector. As chief financial officer, he oversees MDA’s Financial Resources and Accounting and Finance Divisions. In that capacity he ...

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Moon River Foods creating 100 jobs in Mississippi Delta

JACKSON, Mississippi — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Moon River Foods announced today the company is locating a new fish processing operation in Baird, Miss., in Sunflower County. The project represents a corporate investment of $3 million and will create 100 new jobs. Working with contract fishermen licensed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Moon River ...

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MTM, Inc. locating medical transportation and call center operations in Jackson

JACKSON, Mississippi — Health care and transportation management company MTM, Inc. is locating non-emergency medical transportation and call center operations in Jackson. The project represents a $400,000 corporate investment and will create 80 new jobs. “I am glad to welcome MTM as the newest business partner to Mississippi and as the newest member of our growing health care economy,” Gov. ...

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